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Addressing workplace violence against physicians

from Medical Bag

Given the prevalence of violence against physicians, it is important that this behavior be addressed, both at the personal level by physicians, and at the policy level by employers and the government. Dr. Ryan Stanton, MD, an emergency physician at Baptist Health Lexington in Kentucky, described a few basic precautions can help physicians avoid a potentially violent situation: "Don't let anyone get between you and the door in a patient room. Always be alert and aware. If someone is getting agitated, get help and don't be afraid to have others go in a room with you. Get security, and potentially police, involved early." more

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